Quotation from Israel Zangwill “And therefore we must generally persuade them to 'trek'” — 1920

Having returned from the failure of his territorialist option, he found himself in the general racist current.

Author : Thematics :

The only solution of this difficulty lies in the consideration that Palestine is not so much occupied by the Arabs as over-run by them... We cannot allow the Arabs to block so valuable a piece of historic reconstruction... And therefore we must greatly persuade them to 'trek'. After all, they have all Arabia with its million square miles - not to mention the vast new area freed from the Turk between Syria and Mesopotamia - and Israel has not a square inch… There is no particular reason for the Arabs to cling to these few kilometers. 'To fold their tents’ and ‘silently steal away' is their proverbial habit: let them exemplify it now.


Israel Zangwill The Voice of Jerusalem , 1920. Quoted by Nur Masalha, Expulsion of the Palestinians, Institute for Palestine Studies, 1992, p. 14, and Benny Morris: Righteous Victims… Vintage, 2001, p. 140.

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